With the big bikes getting the 2016 Isle of Man TT off to a wonderful start, Monday saw the Supersport and Superstock bikes on the Mountain Course for the racing action. Though the machines were different, the same names were the talk of the paddock.
The weather was once again stellar for Race 1 of the Supersport TT, the first match of the 600cc class of machines, and all eyes on the TT course were getting record to see another race record drop. They would not be disappointed.
The man to beat from the very first checkpoint, Ian Hutchinson took a dominant win in the Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1, bringing his tally up to 12 TT wins, and solidifying his place at this year’s TT as the man to beat.
Making this his seventh Supersport TT win of his career, Hutchison would truly prove to be the man of the day by setting a record 128.259 mph lap on his second journey around the course for the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop followed Ian Hutchinson on the time sheets, ultimately finishing the race with a 14+ second advantage. However, Michael Dunlop would later be disqualified from the race, due to coated cam buckets found on his engine during post-race scrutineering.
Dunlop’s disqualification moves Dean Harrison into second place on the race results, followed James Hillier.
Hillier had to fight a close battle with Conor Cummins and John McGuinness, who made it a close contest for fourth place in the results (what would later be third place).
Cummins lost out by only 0.736 seconds to Hillier, with McGuinness just over 4 seconds back from Hillier’s mark.
Also of note is the fact that Dean Harrison had briefly held the second-place position on the race track, but was overtaken on the time sheets by a charging Dunlop.
The Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2 will lead-off Wednesday’s of racing, and all eyes are on Ian Hutchinson to see if he can sweep the class. No matter what, expect it to be another great race.
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